What Should I Know About Employer Background Checks?

Background checks are common among employers looking to hire a new employee. However, most applicants may not understand the basics of a background check. They do not know what the employer is checking or how deeply a background check can dig into a job candidate‚Äôs past. There are legal limits to what an employer can check, and they can only use them a certain way to eliminate a candidate from consideration.   What are the Common Types of Background Checks?[…] Read More

How Should Employees Fight Wage Theft?

When an employer fails to pay their employee the total amount they earned, this is called wage theft. Unfortunately, wage theft is a prevalent problem in the United States and can financially harm an employee. Many employers commit wage theft for a long time before being caught. Employees who realize they are not getting paid the amount they legally deserve should talk to a lawyer to explore their legal options and recover their entitled payment. Wage theft can manifest itself[…] Read More

Is There Still a Gender Pay Gap?

Over the last several decades, the differences in earnings between men and women have caused frustration for many who advocate for fair pay. The issue, which has been prominent since the 1960s, seemed to be mitigated during the 1980s and 1990s when many women earned degrees and work experience that allowed them some measure of advancement in the workplace, increasing pay for many women. However, that progress has since stalled, leaving women stuck making nearly 20 percent less on average[…] Read More

What are the Key Elements of a Solid Employee Contract?

Employment contracts are complex documents. An employee who signs off on the contract may not know the ins and outs of the document, and there are several key components of an employee contract. The following items may seem self-explanatory, but they must be written, adjusted, and executed properly. What are the Terms of Employment? The terms of employment include salary, hourly pay, bonuses, and the length of the contract. A salaried executive or manager likely does not have a timeframe[…] Read More

Can I Restart Unemployment Benefits If I am Laid Off Again?

In April 2020, more than one million workers in New Jersey were unemployed due to COVID-19. Some employees were called back to work in late May and June as lockdown restrictions eased and the economy began to regain steam. Since that time, certain retailers have filed for bankruptcy and new outbreaks of the virus have prompted calls for renewed restrictions. Workers who find themselves laid off again should be able to restart their unemployment benefits if they meet certain qualifications.[…] Read More